Social Developments

Menstruation Hygiene Awareness

As Zama Zama dance works with schools from the slum, Menstruation hygiene has become an issue that needs to be openly discussed. About 65% of women and girls in Kenya cannot afford sanitary pads. Evidence suggests that the period around puberty is one in which many girls drop out of school or are absent from school for significant periods of time. This means that over 850,000 girls miss 6 weeks of school every year and women miss valuable work hours. Zama Zama Dance and development centre visits different schools in the slums and creates awareness on this topic. We also fundraise and buy sanitary pads that are given to girls in school at no cost.

AIDS Prevention and Education project

According to Africa population and health research centre, statistics indicates that 14% of people living in informal settlement are HIV positive, making young people between the age of 14 – 24 years vulnerable to HIV due to lack of information. Our HIV and AIDS awareness program started with an aim of promoting behavioural change among youth using tools such as dance to disseminate information on HIV and AIDS, reproductive health, drug abuse and other social related issues. All our dance instructors are trained peer educators and they disseminate HIV information to their dance teams giving them an opportunity to make informed choices.

Environment Awareness Project

The population of the slum is very dense and majority of the people are very poor to the extent that they have little or nothing to eat. They live in shanties surrounded by uncollected garbage and human waste, and blocked drains are a common problem. All this contributes to the spread of chronic diseases like malaria, cholera, T.B, dysentery etc., which are major causes of disabilities and even death. In addition to dancing, Zama Zama Dance groups partners with schools in the slums and creates awareness on environmental conservation issues and also undertake garbage collections activities from the community.

Multimedia Design,Journalism and Communication

The young people will be introduced to such subjects as Communication, interaction, Visualisation, Concept Development,design etc. In the programme, they will work with new technology and learn to design, plan and create, for example, websites,videos,animations. They will also learn to control and administer a multimedia production. This will enable the young people to gain skills that will be useful when looking for employment opportunities in future.